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Vollie News Thursday 13th March 2014 Page 9 This week in history: 13 19 March Northern Standard, Tuesday 17 March 1936 TO HELP FLIERS "CRASH SQUAD" AT DARWIN TRAINING FOR EMERGENCIES Sometimes one has to go from "Home" to hear news as the following article under the above heading taken from the "Sydney Morning Herald," of Tuesday last, shows. One would have thought if such an organisation as mentioned in the article were being formed in Darwin some public pronouncement would have been made through the local press, and all local residents placed on an equal footing, in regard to joining, and a selection of the most suitable applicants made. The article is as follows: Darwin, Monday. What is probably the first organised aircraft "crash squad" in Australia, is being formed and trained by Dr. H. L. Carruthers, Commonwealth quarantine officer, who recently arrived at Darwin. Classes have begun at the Darwin aerodrome on St. John Ambulance methods, and practice drills are being carried out. Already 30 men have been enrolled and most of them will be present at the Darwin aerodrome when the England-Australia air mail arrives and departs. Dr. Carruthers has organised his squad into three separate teams. In the event of a crash one team will rush with fire extinguishers. The second will be equipped with axes and other tools to liberate passengers, and the third team will administer first aid. An ambulance will probably be in attendance at the aerodrome on air mail days. Realising the value of a knowledge of first aid in country such as the Northern Territory, members of the police force, railway men, and other residents are attending the classes organised by Dr. Carruthers. Northern Territory News, Monday 15 March 1965 ST. JOHN GOES TO AD. RIVER A branch of the St. John Ambulance Brigade is to be set up at Adelaide River. The Divisional Superintendent of the Brigade in Darwin, Mr Jack OHare, said that from time to time the Brigade had received requests from residents of the township to start a branch. This week an officer from Darwin would visit the town to get the new branch under way. The officer is Mr Dick Gailer, Divisional Nursing Officer, who went to Adelaide River on Sunday and will stay the full week. A cordial invitation was extended to any residents of the township interested in joining the new branch to make contact with Mr Gailer on his arrival. Centralian Advocate, Friday 17 March 1961 RESUSCITATION TAUGHT AT LECTURE Last Monday nights first aid lectures in Alice Springs dealt with shock, respiration and asphyxia. Dr. Iceton spoke on these subjects, dealing first with shock nerve and established; general signs, symptoms and treatment of both types of shock. Secondly, he spoke about respiration, which covers the respiratory system, respiratory tract, respiratory mechanism and the respiratory centre. Asphyxia was the third subject dealt with by Dr. Iceton, its cause, signs, symptoms and treatment. Treatment in special cases of asphyxia, such as in drowning, strangulation, hanging and other causes, including electrocution were also lectured on. Mr. Carn, one of the groups practical instructors, gave a demonstration with the aid of a patient of the Holger-Nielsen and Schafer methods of artificial respiration. Next week members have been asked to each bring a blanket and to wear suitable clothing, so they can have practical experience in the above-mentioned methods of artificial respiration. Doctor Iceton and the instructor then asked members if there were any questions concerning the evenings lectures and practical work which they would like to ask. Members readily availed themselves of the opportunity given and many puzzling problems were clarified in this way. The evenings lessons terminated with some most interesting demonstrations by Dr. Iceton, using a machine which clears foreign matter from the wind pipe. A portable breathing apparatus utilising a plastic bladder and face-mask and a set of scales which members were able to calculate the pressure required by the hands while using the Holger-Nielsen and Schafer methods of artificial respiration.